Arnold Davis was raised in Camden, New Jersey. He is the youngest of three children and grew up in a working class family where his father was a truck driver and his mother was a warehouse worker. At an early age Arnold learned the importance of hard work. During the summer breaks, Arnold spent most of his time picking blueberries in the blueberry fields to earn extra money to help his family. Those summers spent in the blueberry fields taught Arnold the value of a good work ethic and encouraged him to excel academically. After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High school in 1998, Arnold went on to attend Rutgers University, where he received his B.A. and began his path of civic engagement.
Upon graduating from Rutgers, Arnold’s humanitarian nature brought him to the Dooley House in Camden where he answered the call to help at risk youth, aiding them in their struggle with HIV. Although his time at the Dooley House was very rewarding, Arnold yearned to play an even bigger part in his community. While balancing his job as a Tax Advisor and Security consultant, Arnold decided to work part-time as an educator for the Camden city Board of Education and Camden County Technical School. His passion and desire to educate children fueled his ability to make a difference in these young lives, but Arnold still felt he could to do more to change Camden. In 2011, Arnold helped run Keith Walker’s campaign to represent Camden in the New Jersey State Senate and in 2012 Arnold was appointed to Gov Chris Christie’s Inter- Agency Council on Homelessness. This appointment was very personal for Arnold who had endured childhood homelessness in the late 1980’s after his family fell on hard times. Furthermore, Arnold was elected by his peers to serve as a Union Grievance Officer to address issues of workplace bullying and labor practices.
In 2013, Arnold wants to bring his experience, passion, and work ethic to a role that will allow him to make the most needed changes to Camden: the Mayor’s office. Arnold’s ties to Camden have inspired him to give back to his community and his experiences throughout his life have taught him the lessons that are necessary to accomplish real change in the city. When Arnold looks at Camden he sees a thriving economy with manufacturing jobs and hundreds of small, local businesses; he sees schools that prepare Camden’s children for a college education like he had; he sees neighborhoods where families can raise children and people are invested in their community. When Arnold looks at Camden, he sees the city that made him what he is and the vision of what it can become.